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Violence on a Philippine Island

by Bill Hayes

In Violence Halts Mining on a Philippine Island, Bloomberg Businessweek reports on the violence-plagued island of Mindanao.

Resource-rich Mindanao is no stranger to murder. As many as 200,000 Filipinos have died and millions more have been displaced in more than four decades of violence on the Ireland-size island, where some 600 U.S. troops have been helping fight al-Qaeda-linked terrorists. Corruption, land disputes, and death squads linked by human-rights groups to local police and the military breed a climate of fear that deters investment and frustrates efforts by global companies, including Xstrata and Sumitomo Metal Mining, to tap mineral deposits worth an estimated $312 billion. Extreme poverty on the island feeds the violence. [more]